"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."- Roald Dahl
The students reading two dystopia books have finished their first book. The students reading one book, The Giver, need to be finished after Thanksgiving Break. They are jotting about the literary elements used by the author in order to write a literary analysis about the book and how the author crafted it. I have suggested that the students bring in a second composition notebook, so they can record their jotting analysis as they read. This is highly suggested since the students will not receive a packet to work in. The students created a reading calendar to follow. The better their jots; the better our discussion about the books were. We had some wonderful discussions thanks to the diverse and detailed jots.
This week we will have our second Common Assessment Practice. This one will be administered online just like their first state assessment in February. I think the teachers are more worried about the online factor than our students. Our students have noticed how much more challenging the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (P.A.R.C.C.) test is compared to the Ohio Achievement Test. It is a matter of adjustment to a different way of answering questions.
I hope you all have a fantastic, fun, and memorable Thanksgiving Break. I am thankful for such unique students who are willing to take risks and grow as a reader, writer, and individual.
Sincerely, Mrs. Becky Leffler GMSS seventh grade language arts email: email@example.com homework portal: lefflerr.weebly.com